Sailing along the Western Italian coastline

7th June 2018

Star Clippers offers a refreshing alternative to the larger-sized ships of the 21st century, providing a unique opportunity to delve into a bygone era of traditional tall ship sailing. Each of the fleet’s three vessels – Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper - is fully rigged and equipped with sails, designed ensure they are powered by the force of the natural wind as much as possible.

Not only this, but each vessel is considerably smaller in size than the majority of ships that sail for other cruise lines. This provides a unique opportunity to dock in a range of smaller ports and traverse narrower waterways – ultimately providing a more enriching cruising experience.

It goes without saying the Mediterranean is one of the best places to visit during the summer season, with Italy being one of the most sought-after destinations. With this in mind, we take a look at some of the best destinations you can visit along the western coast of Italy aboard a traditional Star Clippers sailing.

Civitavecchia (Rome)

Rome Colosseum

Built on seven hills, Rome is an absolute joy to behold and is also an ideal option for anyone looking to enjoy a flavour of everything Italy has to offer. From the towering Colosseum to the majestic Vatican City, Rome certainly warrants a little additional time to explore prior to your cruise experience. This will provide you with plenty of time to admire additional sites of interest including the Piazza del Popolo, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and much more. Alternatively, you enjoy a stroll and take in everything Rome has to offer at your own pace. In addition to this being your port of embarkation, it is also where selected cruises draw to a close – so there will be a second opportunity to explore this majestic city.



Overlooking the Bay of Naples, the coastal town of Sorrento known for its beautiful architecture and authentic Italian cuisine. Prior to your arrival, you will instantly be able to notice the city walls, which appear to rise out of the sea and are particularly imposing. Landmarks of particular interest include the Roman ruins of Villa Pollio, the Duomo (Cathedral), St. Francis Monastery and the Basilica di Sant’Antonino. As stated previously, Sorrento is also a fantastic place to try a handful of local dishes including Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina (gnocchi with a tomato sauce and mozzarella), gelato and limoncello, which also makes for an ideal souvenir.


Amalfi Coastline

Amalfi will almost certainly be the jewel in the crown of your cruise, renowned for its spectacular coastal location, beautiful architecture and golden beaches. Wandering through the Main Square offers a chance to admire a range of landmarks including the Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Alternatively, you can opt to enjoy a leisurely stroll and admire the brightly coloured buildings Amalfi has to offer. There is also an ideally-located stretch of beach which offers the perfect place to relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun. In addition to all of this, there is the opportunity to catch a bus to the neighbouring town of Positano, which is also known for its pastel-coloured houses and beautiful location.

For more information about the full range of cruises along the Italian coastline or to make a booking, contact our friendly Star Clippers sales team via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.

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